Madelon Powers Gallery to Present Impulsi

Posted by: Elizabeth Richardson on October 19, 2017, No Comments

Impulsi, an exhibit of artworks by Giovanni Lombardini, one of Italy’s most renowned contemporary artists, will be featured November 1-22 at East Stroudsburg University’s Madelon Powers Gallery.

Lombardini’s pieces focus on light, color and reflection and derive from his experimental use of unusual materials such as paint fixatives and clear glossy acrylic applied to laminated plastic, wood and paper.

By heating acrylic in a vat and applying it to a Formica panel, Lombardini creates a texture influenced by the movement of the paint on a slippery surface. The effect of gravity on the heated pigment produces a liquid-like quality rendered even glossier by the final application of lacquer.

Lombardini said that each work creates a curiosity about the next. “I strive to find the right balance between experimentation, innovation and memory in a continuous effort to make art,” he said.

Born in Coriano, Italy, Lombardini studied at the Accademia Delle Belle Arti of Urbino, and early in his career was a follower of the avant garde Arte Povera movement, making works from commonly found materials like grass and soap. His work evolved toward other materials, but his use of industrial paints and non-absorbent surfaces such as Formica as well as his technique of letting the color move naturally along the surface hearken back to his conceptual roots.

Lombardini’s works have been shown internationally in London, Shanghai, and Tokyo. In the United States his work has been shown in Miami, Minnesota and Gallery 705 in Stroudsburg, Pa. Edward Evans, owner of Gallery 705, is guest curator for the exhibit.

Hours for the Madelon Powers Gallery, located in ESU’s Fine & Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets, East Stroudsburg, are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

The exhibit is open to the public at no cost. For information, email or call 570-422-3483, ext. 1.